Derwent Point to Point Review
It was the final meeting in Yorkshire this weekend with the Derwent meeting at Charm Park. Much credit to all who put some tremendous work in to produce some fantastic racing conditions, which was kept almost to perfection with some rain showers leading up to the meeting. John Dawson solidified his lead in the Yorkshire title by riding a double on the day, whilst clerk of the course Jack Teal also trained two winners in both the younger and older maiden races. Will Easterby took the Scarborough races leading rider award which was kindly sponsored by Yorkshire Water Park.
John Dawson and Jack Teal teamed up in the 4 and 5yo 2m 4furlong maiden with Jumble Jury, the pair travelled sweetly through out and quickened nicely to lead approaching the last and stayed on well to fend off long time leader Whats The Solution for Andrew Pennock and Sean O’Connor, whilst third went to Will Easterby and Sheriff Hutton. By the talented stayer Jukebox Jury, this 5yo was picked up by Teal at Goffs August sale for £10,000 and is likely to be heading back that way “he’s always worked well at home, he always pleases you, he’ll definitely go to the sales now but I’m not sure where” said the winning trainer.
Jack ended the day with another winner, this time in the Conditions Maiden race with the 7yo Tobshiba this time under Will Easterby who can now boast a 100% strike rate for the winning trainer. Always prominent the pair tackled long time leader Drumlee Brexit and Will Thirlby approaching the last, however had to survive a last fence blunder and pulled out more on the flat to win by 2 lengths, whilst another pleasing run from Direct Drilling back in third under Rosie Howarth. Owned and bred by Steve and Josie Knowles this half brother to the Heart Of All England winner Hafajay looks sure to continue to improve “he’s improved with every run and should make into a nice horse next season” said the winning trainer Jack Teal.
Steely Addition got back to winning ways in the Mixed Open and completed John Dawson’s double for brother and trainer Chris. The pair were always travelling smoothly and their task was made easier with the departure of Point The Way five from home and Tanora unseating at the last when well held in second, allowing the winner to come home alone “the cold weather hasn’t suited him and he’s only just coming to himself…he’ll probably go for a hunter chase at Perth or possibly Stratford next” said Chris Dawson.
The Novice Riders race saw Lois Teal notch another winner aboard Darius Des Sources for owner/trainer Iana Stoyancheva who purchased the grey out of Chris Grants yard to ride herself but decided race riding was not for her “they go to fast” joked Iana. Leading a long way from home the winning pair battled on well to hold off a much improved effort from Ridelonglivelong and Thomas Easterby who were sporting a first time blinkers, whilst Tokaramore was back in third.
Thomas Labeille sprung a surprise in the opening 2m 4f Conditions race under Leah Cooper, the pair set out to make the running and never looked like been caught, eventually coming away to win in good style from the favorite Fortunes Hill in second partnered by Joe Wright and Eden Collonges and Isla Jon back in third. Leah currently works for trainer Rebecca Menzies and was recording her second career success after breaking her duck at Corbridge only a few weeks previously, the winner showed very little on the track in Ireland and England, but has found his form now switched to pointing and could have more success over these sub 3 mile trips.
The Nothern Novice Champion race only attracted two contenders, both of which were making the long journey from down south. It would be an easy success for Grenadine Save and leading national novice lady Amber Jackson Fennell, whilst Flashy Kate and Sean O’connor completed for second.